MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE LAST DAYS OF SUPERCROSS, OUTDOORS IS A MONTH AWAY

• WEBB, NICHOLS & COOPER ONLY NEED A HANDFUL OF POINTS TO BECOME THE CHAMPS

Cooper Webb can win the 2021 AMA 450 Supercross Championship by finishing 19th on Saturday night. He has a 22-point lead with only 26 points going to the winner.

There is only one race left in the 2021 AMA Supercross season. The maximum number of points that a racer can earn is 26 points for winning a race. Heading to Saturday night’s finale, Cooper Webb (450), Colt Nichols (250 East) and Justin Cooper (250 West) can only lose if some catastrophic disaster befaIls them. If all three of them ride a safe-and-sane race and take no chances, they will clinch their crowns.

2021 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 16 of 17 races)
1. Cooper Webb (KTM)…362
2. Ken Roczen (Hon)…340
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…312
4. Justin Barcia (Gas)…264
5. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…249
5. Jason Anderson (Hus)…236
7. Malcolm Stewart (Yam)…230
8. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…218
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…208
10.Joey Savatgy (KTM)…190

Justin Cooper has a 20-point lead in the 250 West and will clinch the title if he finishes 17th or better.

2021 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 9 races)
1. Justin Cooper (Yam)…180
2. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…160
3. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…158
4. Seth Hammaker (Kaw)…142
5. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…138
6. Nate Thrasher (Yam)…127
7. Garrett Marchbanks (Yam)…125
8. Kyle Peters (Hon)…111
9. Coty Schock (Hon)…99
10. Mitchell Harrison (Hon)…90

Colt Nichols has a 23-point lead in the 250 East and only needs to finish 20th or better to take home the prize.

2021 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Colt Nichols (Yam)…187
2. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)…164
3. Christian Craig (Yam)…158
4. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…151
5. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…116
6. Josh Osby (Hon)…104
7. Josh Varize (KTM)…98
8. Thomas Do (KTM)…92
9. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)…91
10. Logan Karnow (Kaw)…77

• TAKE A LAP OF THE SATURDAY’S FINAL 2021 SALT LAKE CITY 2 SUPERCROSS TRACK LAYOUT

2021 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Justin Barcia (above) and Marvin Musquin are the only one-time winners in the 450 class. Eli Tomac won 3 times, Ken Roczen won 4 times and Cooper Webb won 7 times. In the 250 East/West series, there were 9 different winners.

Venue                                                                       450                                    250
Jan. 16 (Sat)…Houston, TX…………….Justin Barcia…………….Christian Craig
Jan. 19 (Tues)….Houston, TX………….Eli Tomac………………….Jett Lawrence
Jan. 23 (Sat)…Houston, TX…………….Cooper Webb…………..Colt Nichols
Jan. 30 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN……….Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 2 (Tues)….Indianapolis, IN……..Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 6 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN…………Ken Roczen………………Christian Craig
Feb. 13 (Sat)…Orlando, FL……………..Cooper Webb………….Jett Lawrence
Feb. 20 (Sat)…Orlando, FL……………..Cooper Webb………….Justin Cooper
Mar. 6 (Sat)…Daytona Beach, FL…..Eli Tomac…………………..Cameron McAdoo
Mar. 13 (Sat)…Arlington, TX…………..Cooper Webb…………..Seth Hammaker
Mar. 16 (Tues)… Arlington, TX………..Cooper Webb…………..Hunter Lawrence
Mar. 20 (Sat)…Arlington, TX…………..Cooper Webb…………..Justin Cooper
Apr. 10 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA……………….Eli Tomac…………………..Nate Thrasher
Apr. 13 (Tues)…Atlanta, GA…………….Ken Roczen………………Justin Cooper
Apr. 17 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA……………….Cooper Webb…………..Nate Thrasher
Apr. 24 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT…….Marvin Musquin……….Jo Shimoda
May 1 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT………
450 points leader…Cooper Webb
250 East points leader…Colt Nichols
250 West points leader…Justin Cooper

• CALIFORNIA TRIALS INVITATIONAL ON FOX SPORTS 1 SUNDAY MORNING AT 9:30 A.M. (EASTERN)

GasGas has traditionally been a trials bike manufacturer and this has spurred them on to hold special trials events to generate more interest in trials in America. It went so well the first time, that GasGas again converted the KTM, Husky and Gas Gas test courses into a man-made six-section trials course to test the best trials riders in the country. Geoff Aaron heads the GasGas trials effort as their brand ambassador, team manager and public relations guy. Not only did the California Trails Invitational come to an exciting conclusion, but it was filmed by Fox Sports 1 to air on Sunday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m (Eastern time) and be rerun on Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on Fox Sports 2. Check you local listings.

• REM MOTOCROSS ON THE BIG TRACK ON SATURDAY, MAY 1

For more info go to to www.remsatmx.com

• AMERICAN RETROCROSS ON REM TRACK ON SUNDAY, MAY 2

For more info go to www.americanretrocross.org

• MOTO 4 KIDS RACE ON NATIONAL TRACK ON SUNDAY, MAY 2

For more info go to www.moto4kids.racing

 2021 ADELANTO GRAND PRIX MOVES TO ADELANTO STADIUM BECAUSE OF ELON MUSK


The Adelanto Grand Prix lost its race track when Elon Musk bought the land for his Boring Company to test drilling tunnels for his proposed underground high-speed rail transportation system. They have since moved the GP to Adelanto Stadium for a 3-day event on May 28-May 30. For more information and to find out if Elon Musk bought Adelanto Stadium go to www.adelantogp.com.

 2021 NEBRASKA/IOWA GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE: FIRST RACE ON MAY 2

Here is the 2021 race schedule for the Nebraska/Iowa Great Plains Vintage Motocross season. They are now in their 9th year. It started with five riders and now brings in about 175 entries at each race. For more info go to www.greatplainvintagemx.org

 2021 “AME SUMMERCROSS SATURDAY NIGHT RACING” SCHEDULE

Put Saturday nights on your race calendar as AME Minicross will be returning to the Glen Helen Stadiumcross track for ten races—starting on May, 22, 2021. Plus, the Stadiumcross track is open on Thursday nights before each race weekend of Saturday night and Sunday morning races. For more info go to www.ameminicross.com

 WORLD HARE & HOUND CHAMPIONSHIP ON MAY 21-23 IN TONOPAH, NEVADA

This race will be held on 110 miles of desert that hasn’t been used in 15 years. For more information go to www.bitd.com

MOTOCROSS REVIVAL 2021 VINTAGE RACE ON JUNE 6

For more information go to www.americanretrocross.org

“THIS WEEK IN MXA” BY JOSH MOSIMAN: NEW BELL HELMET & SUPERMAC ON GOING BACK TO ATLANTA

• FIRST LOOK! 2022 HUSQVARNA FC250, FC350 & FC450 MOTOCROSSERS

The 2022 Husqvarna will have a new dark blue and white color scheme combined with a blue seat cover and the touches of yellow.

Exclusive to the FC250 (above) and FC 350 (below) is a new friction bearing on the counter-balancer shaft to increase the durability of the high-revving four-stroke engines.The 2022 Husqvarna FC350 has a chromoly steel frame featuring precisely engineered flex characteristics,  innovative two-piece composite subframe design and interchangeable airbox covers for optimized airflow.The 2022 Husqvarna FC450 shares, with its brothers, the WP XACT air forks and CNC-machined triple clamps for optimal performance at the lightest possible weight. The WP XACT shock features low-friction linkage seals. The seat height is lower thanks to last year’s 10mm shorter forks and revised shock linkage.

The 2022 Husky two-strokes and four-strokes will switch from Magura hydraulic clutches to complete Brembo hydraulic clutch systems. The gearboxes are produced by Formula 1 supplier Pankl Racing Systems.The Brembo brake calipers and high-performance discs offer superior stopping power. The laser-engraved D.I.D DirtStar rims are shod with Dunlop MX33 tires. The 2022 Husqvarna motocross range will be available this May at all authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers.

• REMEMBERING DICK MANN: THE FLAT TRACK SEGMENT OF “ON ANY SUNDAY”

2021 AMA SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE: STAY UP LATE FOR THE SUPERCROSS FINALE (10:00 P.M. EASTERN ON SATURDAY)

*Same-day delay, ^ Taped coverage, All times Eastern

MXA VIDEO: FIRST RIDE OF THE 2021 KTM 125SX TWO-STROKE

MXA TEAM TESTED: WORKS CONNECTION SHORTY FORK BLEEDERS

WHAT IS IT? As you ride your bike across rough ground, the movement of the fork creates friction. The byproduct of the friction is heat. If you don’t believe us, reach down and grab your fork leg with your bare hand after a moto. The fork tubes will be hot—although on an air fork, the oil leg of the fork will be hotter than the air side. All this heat makes the air inside your fork tubes expand. And when air pressure rises inside a closed container, such as a fork leg, it resists being compressed. The hotter your forks get, the stiffer they become.

Now, you may think that since your bike has coil-spring forks, your bike is not affected by the expansion of hot air. Wrong! All forks, whether they are air forks or coil-spring forks, are air forks. There has to be an air chamber in all fork designs to compensate for the collapsing movement of the forks. And that air chamber, when it gets hot, will make your forks stiffer. How much stiffer? It depends on the ambient air temperature, the roughness of the track, the rider’s weight and his speed, but 4 to 5 psi on a WP air fork is a ballpark number.

After a long, tough moto, your forks will be considerably stiffer than they were when the moto started. If you don’t bleed the expanded air out of the forks before your next moto, they are going to get a lot stiffer. Every manufacturer puts a bleed screw on the top of the fork caps to allow the rider to release the trapped air with a screwdriver or a #20 Torx driver. Bleeding your forks should be high on your must-do list between motos, but you can make the job a lot easier by installing Works Connection’s Shorty push-button air bleeders. They allow built-up air pressure to escape with the touch of a finger.

Here is the simple three-step procedure to install the fork bleeders. (1) Never put air in or bleed air out of your forks with the front wheel on the ground. Why? When the front wheel is on the ground, the weight of the motorcycle collapses the fork legs a small amount, which in turn changes the volume of the air chamber. (2) Take the time to clean the top of your fork caps before removing the old air-bleeder screws. Once you have the old bleeder screws out, you can simply thread the Works Connection push-button bleeders in. They have an O-ring to seal against any oil leaks. Don’t over-tighten the bleeders; they have a very small thread size and can break. (3) Position the push-button fork bleeders so they can be reached easily and where they are protected from roost and errant wrenches. This can be complicated by the handlebars, handguards and bar pad.

As you would expect, not every fork manufacturer uses the same size or thread pitch on its stock bleed screws. On the current crop of 2021 450cc motocross bikes, there are three different bleed-screw types. WP forks use Works Connection’s 26-330 part number, Honda and Kawasaki the 26-321, while Yamaha and Suzuki need the 26-320 part.

DIGITS? $24.95—www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.

MXA RATING: The world does not revolve around how quickly you can get the excess air pressure out of your forks; it revolves around whether or not you actually let the air out. The choice between digging in your toolbox for a tool or pressing a button should be fairly obvious.

• 2021 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT: TIME FOR THE LONGEST AND MOST DETAILED SHOOTOUT EVER

• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE

Can you name this Can-Am factory rider? He was a three-time National Champion. He won the Daytona Supercross and raced for Team USA at the Motocross des Nations four times. Can you name him. Answer at the bottom of the page.

 MXA VIDEO: FIRST RIDE OF THE 2021 HUSQVARNA FC350

• HAVE YOU SEEN THE MAY ISSUE OF MXA? YOU SHOULD, YOU REALLY SHOULD

What’s in the newest issue of MXA? There is an 18-page 250 four-stroke two-stroke  with the top seven 2021 250s, plus there accurate weights, prices and dyno charts. We also test the 2021 TM 250X cross-country two-stroke, 2021 Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke and do a complete comparison between the 2021-1/2 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition and the 2021-1/2 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition. And those are just the bike tests! We also have an in depth interview with Joel Smets, who helped usher in the four-stroke era, by winning the 500 World Championship on a Husaberg three years before Yamaha released the YZ400 four-stroke. And, much more!

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INSIDE LOOK AT JUSTIN BRAYTON’S MUC-OFF HONDA CRF450

2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS ON MAY 29

WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY? JUST CALL STAPO WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL AGAIN

In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton opens up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation—and now that the coronavirus pandemic is waning in the USA and the country is opening back up, foreign riders will be able to come to America to race, train and sightee again. You should plan ahead and make your reservations now for this upcoming Summer and Fall. Dennis offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping. Just send them an email (Stapoknobbyshop@gmail.com). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021-1/2 HUSQVARNA FC450 ROCKSTAR EDITION

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MXA’S FIRST RIDE ON THE 2021 HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION

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MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021-1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION

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KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES


This is the last track of the 2021 AMA Supercross series.

REVISED 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT

2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Tampa, Fl
Feb. 6…….Tampa, Fl
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX

2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
June 26…Southwick, MA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
Sept.11…Hangtown, CA

REVISED 2021 FIM GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
June 27…Matterley Basin, England
Jul. 4…Maggiora, Italy
Jul. 11…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 18…Oss, Holland
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 15…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Sep. 5…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…TBA, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Agueda, Portugal
Oct. 31…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 14…TBA, Argentina
Nov. 28…Borobudur, Java
Dec. 5… Bali, Indonesia

REVISED 2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15/16…Duns
Jun. 26/27..Lochgilphead
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Aug. 14/15…Rhynie
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
Oct. 9/10…Tain

2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 8…Coulson, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 15….Coolum, QLD

2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 18…Dreetz
May 16…Moggers
Jun. 6…Reutlingen
Jul. 3…Bielstein
Jul. 18…Tensfeld
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
Sep. 9…Gaildorf

2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola is out—new site is Mantova, Italy

2021 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 6-7…Paris, France

MOTO CHALLENGE ANSWER: Tony DiStefano hit the National circuit in 1971 under an assumed name and again in 1972 under his own name, but someone turned him in both times for being under the AMA age limit. When he came back on a home-built Czechoslovakian CZ, he led the AMA 500 National Championship until breaking his thumb at a local Friday night race—he raced with the broken thumb and finished second overall in the 1974 AMA 500 Nationals. His CZ heroics got him a factory Suzuki ride, which turned into three straight AMA 250 National Championships (1975–1977). After he injured his knee, Team Suzuki dropped him. He raced on both Can-Ams and Husqvarnas (for Mitch Payton) before cutting his eye so badly in a workshop accident that he had to sit out two years. He bravely returned as a Maico privateer, racing with sight in one eye. After retiring, he started a successful motocross school, only to get paralyzed in a practice accident. Once he checked out of rehab for his back, he returned to teaching motocross schools—which he continued to do until retiring to his native Pennsylvania.

Photos Credits: Brian Converse, KTM, Travis Fant, GasGas, Dan Alamangos, Daryl Ecklund, Yamaha, MXA

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